West Atlantic UK

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West Atlantic UK
West atlantic logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Operating basesEast Midlands Airport
Secondary hubs
Fleet size24
Parent companyWest Atlantic Group
HeadquartersCoventry, United Kingdom
Key people
  • Nigel Hiorns (Managing Director)
  • Russell Ladkin (Commercial Director)
  • Tony Auld (Director)

West Atlantic UK Limited, (Formerly Atlantic Airlines Ltd) is a British cargo airline based in Coventry, United Kingdom. It operates contract and ad hoc cargo flights worldwide, especially within Europe as part of the West Atlantic Group. The company fleet is composed of Boeing 737 aircraft. The airline specialises in the transport of dangerous goods and radioactive products and other specialist aerial work, including oil spill response, dispersant spraying and icing trials. The prime activity of the business is the supply and operating of aircraft to night-time freight integrators and consolidators and the operation of ad hoc air charters on behalf of other airline, freight brokers and forwarders. Atlantic Airlines merged with the Swedish airline "West Air Europe" in 2008 to establish the West Atlantic Group.

West Atlantic UK Ltd holds an EU Ops Air Operators Certificate with the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority and a Type A Operating Licence, permitting it to carry cargo and mail on aircraft.[1]


The airline was established in 1994. It was formed as part of the Air Atlantique Group of Companies to specialise in the supply of contract and ad hoc cargo services. Since July 2001 West Atlantic UK (Formerly Atlantic Airlines) has traded independently and continues to broaden its product range and capability through the marketing of its Air Operators Certificate (AOC).

The company Atlantic Airlines Limited was established in March 2001 when the management performed a buy-in to the trading company. A full management buy-out was achieved on 28 May 2004 when the same management purchased all the assets of the business including aircraft, spares, engines etc.

In January 2006, Atlantic acquired the first of an order for 5 BAe ATP freighter aircraft.

In February 2007, Atlantic Airlines signed an agreement with BAE Systems Regional Aircraft to long-term lease a further 6 BAe ATP freighters bringing the total orders to 11.[2]

In October 2008, it was announced that the airline would merge with West Air Sweden to form a new airline called West Atlantic with its headquarters in Sweden.[3][4]

On 8 December 2009, Atlantic Airlines' biggest base, Coventry Airport, was closed due to financial reasons causing Atlantic Airlines to cease all cargo flights to and from the airport.[5] Atlantic Airlines moved all Coventry flights to Birmingham on a temporary basis as a result.[6] However, the airline recommenced operations out of Coventry Airport due to the re-opening after it was bought by Sir Peter Rigby.

The Airline has since moved out from Coventry Airport setting up new airline offices to the south of Coventry Airport and relocating its Operational and Line Maintenance Control Centre to East Midlands Airport. The West Atlantic Group also has a large Maintenance hangar located at East Midlands Airport capable of maintaining the Boeing 737 and other group aircraft types..

In early 2013, Atlantic Airlines retired the last Lockheed L188 Electra from its fleet in Cargo service. Atlantic Airlines was the last operator of the type outside of Canada and subsequently, most of the fleet was sold and transferred to Buffalo Airways in Canada,

In 2015 Atlantic Airline transferred its ATP fleet to the West Atlantic group Swedish AOC to focus on further Boeing 737 acquisitions.

In June 2017 West Atlantic announced that it would be the launch customer and first operator of the Boeing 737-800 Boeing converted Freighter.

On 1 November 2017 Atlantic Airlines officially changed its name to West Atlantic UK Limited.


West Atlantic UK serves daily the following destinations:

Terminated destinations[edit]


West Atlantic 737-300 Freighter.

As of April 2018, the West Atlantic fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7]

Atlantic Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders
Boeing 737-300F 6
Boeing 737-400F 10 3
Boeing 737-800BCF 1 3
British Aerospace ATP 17
Total 34 6


External links[edit]

Media related to Atlantic Airlines at Wikimedia Commons